I love granola in the morning, but eating the store bought, sugar-laden carbs puts me into a sugar high that ends in a 4 o'clock coma. I know what you're thinking...
..but I thought granola was health food.
This is the problem with the American food system, most of the foods that originally were healthy, have been processed into junk food. But we can make granola from scratch, an have a delicious treat the whole week.
I do think granola is a treat. It's not what I start with, it's more like the topping on my fruit and yogurt parfait, or the crunchy addition to my oatmeal. When I really want to be decadent, it is the perfect naughty pleasure on my homemade ice cream.
As most of my recipes go, this is not a magically measured formula. You can play with it and find your favorite mixture. Just remember to save the fruits until after you've cooked it, or you'll have little bits of sticky rocks in your granola.
- About 4 cups of rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 cups any mixture of nuts chopped or sliced
- 1/2 cup any seed, pumpkin, sunflower, hemp...
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup raw honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup dried fruit (to add after it's cooked)
- Add all ingredients except dried fruit to a bowl and mix well
- Heat an oven to 300º and spread mixture on a baking sheet
- Cook for maybe 20 minutes, don't burn it, but check it once and stir
- Let cool on the counter and add in the chopped dried fruit
If you have trouble digesting grains, you may want to add 1 cup of cultured yogurt, such as Nancy's Probiotic Greek Yogurt to the oats, and soak them overnight. Then proceed with the granola recipe. This may add another 10 min to your cooking time, but watch for burning.
Let me know what combinations you like. I think I added dried cherries and pumpkin seeds to this particular batch and it was delicious!